As the reality of the COVID-19 pandemic sets in and advisements from the World Health Organisation (WHO) continue to encourage social distancing and restrict gatherings, weddings scheduled for the coming months have all become crises to manage, rather than reasons to celebrate. As we come together by keeping our distances, couples and families worldwide are facing the economic, social, and logistical challenges of postponing, reconfiguring, and, at times, planning their weddings for later dates.
The goal, as with all COVID-19 measures, is to understand that nobody is alone in these uncertain times. With that in mind, we want you to know that we are here to support our couples across the globe as they navigate the unchartered waters in which they now find themselves.
We don’t know what we don't know, and what we don't know for sure is when we're going to be able to have weddings again. However, with approximately 90 of our couples having already reorganised their wedding to date, we can see that the end of this year and 2021 is going to be extremely busy. The majority of our couples planning to wed in the next three months are choosing dates in September 20 through April 21 when rescheduling.
The key, for many of our couples it seems, is to focus on postponing and rescheduling, rather than cancelling weddings thereby avoiding the loss of deposits. So far none of our couples have cancelled their big day as deposits can be transferred and applied against their future events.
As for events in July and August, most are advising that you watch how things progress in the coming weeks and weigh your options wisely. It goes without saying that your main goal right now is to stay healthy, keep yourselves and your guests safe, whilst minimizing loss and risk.
When deciding whether to postpone, consider your planning timeline in addition to the date of your event. Keep in mind that you are not the only couple adjusting your timeline, other couples and all your suppliers are too, we are all in this together.
If you're even considering postponing, speak with your venue and your suppliers such as ourselves now, just to check who would be available on any of the new dates your venue has available. Key considerations are the suppliers that can only be in one place at one time: your band, photographer, celebrant, etc. In addition it is best to run any possible new dates by all your key guests. Line it all up and prepare so that you can get first choice on those new dates.
We have been inundated with messages from couples looking to change their wedding date and we are proud to say that so far we have been able to facilitate all the necessary changes. However, we realise it is inevitable that at some stage there are going to be times that we cannot do so.
Some couples have asked us to reserve a date pending making a decision, we do on the condition that if another enquiry comes in for the same date we will contact you first at which stage you will have to make a decision.
These are extremely stressful times for everyone especially couples like yourselves. If you would like us to check availability for a new date just let us know. The sooner you confirm a new date the sooner we can confirm availability.
As you prioritise health, and self-care, don't sit idly, use your time at home to plan ahead. Your day may be postponed, it has not been cancelled! There has never been a better time to talk through your timelines review your decor ideas and set up mood boards on Pinterest. Think about your music, how many people are giving speeches etc? All of the above is so much harder than you think!
We are here to help in every way we can.
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